Quarterback Josh McCown played most of Cleveland’s 25-20 loss to Baltimore in Week 2 with a broken left collarbone, Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton said Friday (via USA Today). It was known that McCown was dealing with serious pain Sunday, but the exact nature of his injury was unclear prior to Horton’s revelation. McCown previously broke his right collarbone last year.
McCown completed 20 of 33 passes for 260 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions against the Ravens, who overcame a 20-0 deficit to send the Browns to 0-2. Along the way, the 37-year-old took three sacks and became the second Browns signal-caller to suffer a significant injury in the season’s first two weeks, joining previous starter Robert Griffin III, who hurt his shoulder in the club’s opener.
On playing through pain, McCown said Sunday (via the team’s website), “For me, it is those things and just knowing the window for me right now and understanding that I don’t want to miss snaps. I don’t want to be out there without my guys. Unless it is going to fall off, let’s try to make it work and make it go. That is my mentality.”
Neither Griffin nor McCown will be available this week (the former could be out for the year), leaving the Browns with third-round rookie Cody Kessler as their top option under center. Kessler will start Sunday in Miami, which is also 0-2, and newly signed veteran Charlie Whitehurst will back him up.
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